Reddick deserves All-Star recognition


Reddick deserves All-Star recognition

In the middle of the A's clubhouse over the course of the weekend was a box for the players' All-Star ballots. The ballots were sealed in an envelope and removed on Sunday. While the players didn't divulge who they voted for, A's manager Bob Melvin wasn't shy in admitting that Josh Reddick was one of his outfield submissions. Clearly the fans don't agree. Here are the latest numbers in the MLB All-Star voting for outfielders: OUTFIELDERS - ranked by voteJosh Hamilton, Rangers, 7,310,824- (.319, 22 HR, 64 RBI)
Curtis Granderson. Yankees, 3,812,339 - (.246, 21 HR, 41 RBI)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,773,442 - (.237, 24 HR, 57 RBI)
Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 2,681,019 - (.258, 11 HR, 47 RBI)
Adam Jones, Orioles, 2,633,259 - (.300, 19 HR, 41 RBI)
David Murphy, Rangers, 1,738,805 - (.274, 7 HR, 25 RBI)
Nick Swisher, Yankees, 1,529,349 - (.268, 12 HR, 46 RBI)
Austin Jackson, Tigers, 1,212,881 - (.313, 7 HR, 30 RBI)
Jeff Francoeur, Royals, 1,183,817 - (.264, 6 HR, 20 RBI)
Brett Gardner, Yankees, 1,031,382 - (injured)
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, 1,015,482 - (.273, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 10 SB)
Alex Gordon, Royals, 901,595 - (.264, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 41 Runs)
Nick Markakis. Orioles, 888,183 - (injured)
B.J. Upton, Rays, 881,785 - (.259, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 13 SB)
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 775,261 - (injured)
Josh Reddick's name is suspiciously absent from that list. A glimpse at his numbers indicate that he deserves to be the first position player to represent the A's at the All-Star game since Ramon Hernandez in 2003. Reddick is batting .266 with 17 homers, and 38 RBI while playing in a pitcher's park. The Coliseum is also notoriously tough on left-handed hitters. Defensively he has five outfield assists, which tied him for first in the American League before the league took notice and stopped testing his arm. Reddick is second amongst AL outfielders in triples (4), tied for fifth in home runs (17) and runs (47), and tied for fourth in total bases (143). He also lifts the team when they need it the most. He is batting .295 (33 for 112) with nine home runs and 21 RBI with two outs. He is ranked second in the AL in two-out home runs. Reddick could help the AL All-Star team as a fourth or fifth outfielder. He has proven useful at the plate and defensively. With Ron Washington's decision to make Melvin one of the AL All-Star team coaches, his influence might be enough to get Reddick on the squad.Not DeservingThe All-Star game is for the fans, but fan voting is always suspect at best. Immediately, Markakis, Gardner, and Ellsbury can be removed from the list because they are currently injured. Gardner and Ellsbury have played in 16 games combined this season. Cruz, Murphy, Francouer, Suzuki, Gordon, and Upton are all underperforming this season. None of their numbers deserve All-Star recognition. Reddick's numbers trump almost all of their stats. Swisher and Jackson are ranked seventh and eighth respectively in fan voting. They are more deserving than the aforementioned players, but Reddick has played better than both of them. Deserving At 1 on the list, the fans got Josh Hamilton correct. There is no disputing what he has done. Curtis Granderson is hitting a paltry .246, and Jose Bautista's average is even worse at .237, but the rest of their numbers are clearly All-Star worthy. Adam Jones should be number two on the list. He is hitting .300, with 19 homers and 40 RBIs, and his .561 slugging percentage would rank him second-highest amongst the top vote-getters. Like Jones, Reddick hit 10 homers in the month of May. Not on the list but should beAside from Reddick, these are the outfielders that also should be considered All-Star caliber. Twins outfielder Josh Willingham's .390 on-base percentage is 10 points higher than Hamilton's (.380). He also has 15 homers, 49 RBIs and is hitting .275. Mark Trumbo is tied with Reddick for sixth in the AL with 17 home runs, his .980 OPS is the second-highest amongst outfielders in the league. The Angels slugger is also hitting .316. Angels rookie Mike Trout also deserves recognition, he is hitting .338, with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases.

Report: A's bringing back former slugger first baseman


Report: A's bringing back former slugger first baseman

The A's hit a lot of home runs and they appear to be bringing back a player that hits a lot of home runs.

Chris Carter, who played for the A's from 2010 through 2012, is reportedly signing a minor league contract to return to the organization.

News of the deal was first reported by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Carter was released by the Yankees on July 10. In 62 games for New York, Carter hit .201/.284/.370 with five doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI.

Over the previous four seasons between Houston and Milwaukee, Carter hit 131 home runs and drove in 328 runs.

Carter's high-water mark with the A's came in 2012 when he hit 16 home runs in 67 games.

Sonny Gray keeps dealing, A's avoid sweep with win over Rays


Sonny Gray keeps dealing, A's avoid sweep with win over Rays


OAKLAND — Sonny Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.

Matt Joyce hit a towering homer to the right-field seats in the eighth for Oakland.

Rajai Davis doubled home Oakland's first run in the fifth then Joyce followed with a tying sacrifice fly before Davis scurried home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Gray (6-4) won his third straight start and fourth in five. When speculation arose from the White Sox side before his Friday outing that the right-hander had been scratched because of a possible deal, the A's quickly announced that he was indeed taking the mound for his scheduled outing.

After a pair of one-run defeats to begin this series, the A's avoided being swept by the Rays in Oakland for the first time. This already marked just their third lost series at home to Tampa Bay.

Gray allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks.

The Rays got three straight singles off Gray to start the fourth inning, including an RBI single by Wilson Ramos. Brad Miller also drove in a run on a groundout.

But Oakland finally got to Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Faria (4-1) in the fifth. With seven straight quality starts to begin his career, Faria took his first big league loss.

A's All-Star Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single in the inning, when Faria had two of his four walks. He allowed six hits and four runs in five innings, striking out four.

Alonso was thrown out at home in the first when he tried to go from first on Khris Davis' double to right. The throw beat him so handily Alonso didn't even try to slide and instead ran behind the plate before turning for the dugout.


Rays: RF Steven Souza Jr. exited the game in the first after straining his left hip trying to steal second after drawing a leadoff walk to start the game. Shane Peterson replaced him. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated once the team arrives home. ... Manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell would make his next turn in the rotation despite still being winless at 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 11 starts. "He's going to pitch well," Cash said.

Athletics: The A's hope to have Chad Pinder back from the DL and a strained left hamstring when they return home from an upcoming seven-game trip to the New York Mets and Toronto. Manager Bob Melvin plans to use him as a utilityman. ... RHP Kendall Graveman allowed five hits and four runs with one strikeout and a walk on 46 pitches in 2 1/3 innings with Triple-A Nashville rehabbing his strained pitching shoulder. RHP Jharel Cotton (blister on his right thumb) also pitched in the game, striking out six in 3 1/3 innings, while Pinder was 0 for 2 with a walk and strikeout for the Sounds.


Rays: With the Rays back home, RHP Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.59 ERA) takes the ball in Friday's series opener against Yu Darvish and Texas having not faced the Rangers since April 6, 2014.

Athletics: After Thursday's day off following a cross-country flight, RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.83 ERA) pitches the series opener at the Mets in his fourth career start.